<p>The Harmons of &quot;American Horror Story&quot; in happier times</p>
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The Harmons of "American Horror Story" in happier times

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'American Horror Story' team talks Season 2, Dylan McDermott's butt at PaleyFest

Which stars join Jessica Lange and Zachary Quinto next season?
PaleyFest 2012 kicked off on Friday (March 2) night with what we can safely assume will be the only panel at this year's festival dominated by stories about Dylan McDermott masturbating and crying.
 
Or at least we can hope?
 
With moderator Tim Stack leading the charge, the "American Horror Story" PaleyFest panel dwelled heavily on the key moment from the pilot in which McDermott's Ben miserably pleasures himself, with his back to the camera.
 
"It's a very serious question. I'm glad you asked that," McDermott said in response to what was either the first or second question about the lachrymose Onanism. "It's usually what I do at home anyway, so I felt I was perfect for it. And then I remember someone called me up and said, 'Oh. Who's your body double?' And I was like, 'Oh, hell no.'"
 
He added, "I didn't feel like it was gratuitous. I just felt like it was necessary to see my ass... That one scene where I was masturbating, crying? What's better than that? I was offered a lot of shows this season and I kept looking and that was never in there."
 
But there was a thematic reason, too! Really, there was.
 
Explained co-creator Brad Falchuk, "It's a show about infidelity and Dylan's character being the axis of that, his sexuality had to be out there. He's a sex addict, you know. So it needed to be sort of out there. And yeah, he's got a good butt."
 
So there you go! 
 
And it wasn't just McDermott who ended up discussing his rear end. Alexandra Breckenridge, who played the younger half of naughty maid Moira praised the writing, costume and lighting for freeing her from inhibitions.
 
"I knew what my side of the character was when I read for it, so all of my inhibitions and insecurities went away when I walked on set in that outfit..." Breckenridge told the assembled crowd and countless viewers watching via Livestream. "I just did it. I didn't bother myself with what was hanging out of my butt... Wait. That was bad. That was really bad. I meant cottage cheese. Cellulite."
 
[More after the break, including the VERY broad and not at all spoilers for the second season.]
 
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<p>Heejun Han of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>
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Heejun Han of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Results - The Top 13 is Chosen

Which 10 singers did America put through? And who did the judges select?

It's Results Night on "American Idol."

Over the next TWO hours, we're going to find out which Semifinalists received America's seal of approval and which three singers will be rescued by the judges.

For the purposes of this live-blog, I've decided that Heejun Han is making the Top 13. I don't know if it's gonna be via America's vote or via the judges, but if Heejun doesn't make it, I'm gonna be both sad and surprised.  But still, I'm using his picture as a guess. It doesn't spoil anything, at least not anything I know about.

Anyway, click through and follow along. Last year's equivalent of this show was actually a really good, jam-packed two hours. Hopefully this year's won't be bad either...

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<p>Dave and Cherie of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Dave and Cherie of "The Amazing Race"

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HitFix Interview: Dave & Cherie talk 'The Amazing Race'

The married clowns talk math, science and other Race challenges
I've interviewed many funny actors and writers and directors over the years.
 
Until this week, I'm pretty sure I'd never interviewed an actual clown, much less two clowns at once.
 
"Amazing Race" contestants and married clowns Dave and Cherie Gregg have raised the bar for all clown interviews to come, by greeting me on the phone with an overture of horns and also closing our conversation with a honking crescendo.
 
On "The Amazing Race," unfortunately, Dave & Cherie failed to raise the bar. They were eliminated in the season's second episode after a bus accident delayed their pack of contestants and then after Dave struggled with a long division challenge in the cattle yards of Buenos Aires.
 
In our exit interview, Dave & Cherie discussed the mathematical struggles and high emotions of "The Amazing Race," as well as what it means to be an Ambassador of Laughter.
 
Click through for the full interview... 
 
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<p>Bill of &quot;Survivor: One World&quot;</p>
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Bill of "Survivor: One World"

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Recap: 'Survivor: One http://www.hitfix.com/admin/blogs/the-fien-print/posts/recap-survivor-one-world-one-world-is-out-the-window/edit#World' - 'One World Is Out the Window'

Will the Women shake out of their downward spiral?
Pre-credit sequence. The Women are back at camp and Alicia is trying to restore Kat's self-worth. Chelsea, kinda acknowledging that maybe keeping Kat wasn't the best of all possible moves, figures that all they need is something positive to happen so that they can gain confidence. A storm is brewing and the men are feeling charitable, inviting the women to come to their shelter. Or at least Colton makes that invitation, but I guess we assume Colton isn't acting as a complete free agent.. The women are determined to remain autonomous, but the rain starts falling and it starts getting colder and the women have no tarp and a pretty much no roof. 
 
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<p>This is Jessica Sanchez, the one &quot;American Idol&quot; female contestant you won't confuse with all of the rest.</p>
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This is Jessica Sanchez, the one "American Idol" female contestant you won't confuse with all of the rest.

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Recap: 'American Idol' Semifinals - The Women Perform

After a lackluster night for the 'Idol' Men, could the Women shine?

Tuesday night's "American Idol" wasn't a very good showcase for the season's Top 13 Men.

However, it was a perfectly decent showcase for my ability to do a live-blog for a performance show. I was a bit pitchy at first, but I worked it out and the experience proved that, really, I could recap the phone book.

Thus? I'm ready to go with another live-blog for Wednesday's episode celebrating the Top 12  (unless they sneak in a 13th) Women.

Click through...

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<p>Phillip Phillips of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>
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Phillip Phillips of "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Semifinals - The Top 13 Men Perform

Who bombed? Who soared? Who got the extra slot?

Let's get down to performing! 

I've been doing live-blogs all through the seemingly endless audition and Hollywood phases of the season. I've never tried live-blogging a performance episode. So I'll give it a try tonight and it'll either work or it won't. Probably that means that I'll be updating the blog after each performance. So semi-live-blogging? 

Anyway... Let's see how this goes! Follow along and chime in with your own opinions on each performance...

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 117

Dan and Alan talk Oscars, 'Awake,' 'GCB' and 'We'll Take Manhattan'

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls. Time for a thrilling post-Oscars installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
In this week's installment, Sepinwall and I discuss the Oscars and then review NBC's "Awake," Ovation's "I'll Take Manhattan" and ABC's "GCB." We also answer a pile of mail.
 
It's a full show!
 
Here's the breakdown: 
The Oscars (00:00:40 - 00:19:15)
"Awake" (00:19:15 - 00:35:15)
"I'll Take Manhattan" (00:36:50 - 00:45:00)
"GCB" (00:45:10 - 00:53:45)
Listener Mail - What caused NBC's plight (00:54:00 - 01:03:10)
Listener Mail - "Top Chef" this season (01:03:10 - 01:08:55)
Listener Mail - Why do networks put shows at midseason anyway? (01:09:00 - 0:1:18:00)

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed.] 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

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<p>Bopper and Mark of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Bopper and Mark of "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'You Know I'm Not as Smart as You'

Who knew long division would be so important?
By airing the season's second episode on Oscars night, "The Amazing Race" forced me into a late-night recap on Sunday (Feb. 26), since I was live-bloging the Academy Awards during the show's ET airing.
 
I can't say if I would have felt this disconnected from the episode if I'd watched it on my normal schedule, but this is going to be a short recap [After-the-fact note: It was not a short recap], since I spent the last 20 minutes of the show thinking something that regular readers know I almost never think during "The Amazing Race"...
 
That thought?
 
Gee. I kinda hope this is a Non-Elimination Leg.
 
I had the thought even before a team I like started to struggle, but I swear on a small stack of Bibles that I'd have stuck by the thought even if Phil Keoghan had been on the verge of eliminating one of the teams I hate.
 
That was just a bad hour of TV to send any team home on. This would have been the rare NEL that wouldn't have gotten any complains from me.
 
Instead, naturally, this was not a Non-Elimination Leg and a team I like (kinda) went home. 
 
Add in the Oscars, which largely went to movies I didn't really love and this was a lackluster evening of non-stop TV viewing.
 
Click through for as much recapping as I can stand...
 
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<p>&nbsp;Viola Davis</p>
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 Viola Davis

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The Fien Print's Academy Awards 2012 Live-Blog

From Billy Crystal to an endless string of 'Artist' wins, join the conversation...

I've spent the last two-plus hours live-tweeting all of the red carpet Oscars fun, but now it's time to get "serious" and by "serious" I mean "bring page views to HitFix." Thus, welcome to my Oscars live-blog. Join the conversation. I'll try to chat along in the comments during commercial breaks!

Before we get started, you wanna know what I'm rooting for tonight? ANYTHING surprising. So if Spencer, Plummer, Davis, Dujardin, Hazanavicious and "The Artist," "The Artist," "The Artist" and "The Artist," it's gonna be a grumpy evening. I don't need for all of the favorites to lose. Heck, some of them are the deserving winners. But gimme a Gary Oldman win or something... Just to keep things interesting. Is that too much to ask?

Let's find out, after the break...

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<p>Misa &amp; Maiya at the &quot;Amazing Race&quot; Pit Stop</p>
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Misa & Maiya at the "Amazing Race" Pit Stop

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HitFix Interview: Misa & Maiya talk 'The Amazing Race'

What went wrong and how did they miss Phil at the Pit Stop?
Misa and Maiya Tanaka finished the season's opening "Amazing Race" challenge, a balloon search in a Santa Barbara vineyard, in last. That wasn't why they were eliminated.
 
They also finished the season's first Roadblock, a combination of skydiving and map-based navigation, in last. That wasn't why they were eliminated.
 
Instead, Misa & Maiya sped through an empanada-making challenge in Argentina and seemed to be on the verge of surviving an astounding number of opening leg missteps to remain in the Race ahead of Joey "Fitness" & Danny.
 
But after recovering their bags from a nearby cab and heading in the direction of the Pit Stop, the San Diego-based sisters were unable to spot host Phil Keoghan waiting for them patiently at the mat. As Phil stood and watched in sad confusion, Misa & Maiya ran off in a different direction and, finding nothing there, eventually returned, by which time it was too late. 
 
A couple days after their elimination episode aired, I caught up with car buyer Misa and professional golfer Maiya for the season's first "Amazing Race" exit interview. 
 
Click through for the full transcript...
 
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